Ab Roller Face Plant

Embarrassing but true story. 

My abs are my weakest point my my training. I shy away from body weight exercises because I don’t enjoy them, despite how effective they are. Push ups? No. Burpees? No way. Plank? Hell no. A few months ago I tried to remedy my extreme dislike for all things body weight by trying Ashley Conrad’s Clutch Cut Program. I was determined to get back into shape fast, and I thought this was my new calling. No. It wasn’t. I absolutely hated it, I dreaded every workout, and I only made it through one week. By the end of the week I was crying, and I couldn’t make myself continue. It wasn’t even that it was too difficult, I just hated it. Weight lifting is my thing, there is something about the empowerment I feel when I lift heavy weights that no body weight exercise can give me. When I designed my new program I had all intentions to work on abs, knowing that it is important, but I just haven’t been doing it.

I have spoken to some friends of mine, and I’ve read different opinions on ab training. Opinions on this fall on both ends of the spectrum. Some people believe that abs are built in the kitchen and trained through exercising other body parts. Some people believe that abs must be trained every day. I just ignored the whole discussion because it was easier not to bother working on them. It is boring and I hate it anyway. I made all sorts of excuses: my hips crack weirdly, it hurts too much, I don’t need to train them to have a flat stomach, blah, blah, BLAH.

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Well, it turns out you do need to train abs. The other day I found an ab wheel and wanted to see what it could do. As the image below shows, the ab roller trains everything! It seems to be the master tool, something I should definitely master to see a lot of progress. So I got a friend to show me how to use it. It seemed pretty reasonable, something I could do. I get down on the ground, get into starting position, side the roller forward, and FACE PLANT. I was like, “Oh, haha, that was a joke! I just wanted to be funny!” So I try it again, and face plant. It would have made me a YouTube celebrity if I had a video of that. As hilarious as it was, it was completely pathetic!

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It is pretty atrocious that I can make it through extreme workouts, lifting heavy weights, and I can’t even use an ab roller. This has motivated me to really work on my abs. I’ve tried lots of things and nothing has stuck. I have dabbled in the P90x ab workout, I do it once and forget about doing it again for 6 months. In my last program I only did 2/3 of the ab workouts regularly because the 3rd one made my hip crack and it grossed me out. I usually find motivation once every two weeks or so to do a basic ab workout after cardio, then I get too lazy to complete it. I seriously need some work.

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I found this image with easy ab exercises that may be my answer, at least to start. Training abs really is important, because now I have an uneven body. I have trained my arms, legs, shoulders, etc. and my core can’t support the difficult exercises I am doing. As my other body parts get stronger, my abs stay weak. This is going to become an even bigger problem as I progress. Before this becomes a crisis of epic proportions, and I hurt myself  beyond repair, I need to start setting aside at least one day a week to fully train abs.

I strongly believe in no excuses, and I’ve given myself every excuse in the world to ignore this essential area. So, thank you embarrassing face plant, you woke me up and you will NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

UGH Come On CANADA!!!

As a resident of capital city of Canada, I appreciate the importance of good government, not only to keep this city filled with jobs, but to ensure that it’s citizens are kept safe. One of the roles of government is to make sure that Canadians make “informed decisions,” and they do this by putting products through a “rigorous inspection process” to make sure that the things we buy are safe for use and consumption. This is excellent, except when the United States sells them, and they are widely used there, yet we cannot order them here.

This happens all the time, and it constantly prevents me from purchasing items I want, or getting good deals on bulk items. We have a 90-day day supply limit, which often prevents me from getting great deals on bodybuilding.com, when they offer two-for-one deals, and that goes over the 90-day limit. Thanks for making me pay double, Canada!

UGH Canada

My favorite experience is when I see things like the image above, NOTICE: Can’t ship to CA. This item, for instance, is the top rated Fat Burner on bodybuilding.com. If the item is this popular, and widely used, why is it deemed unsafe for Canadian consumption? I am all for protecting citizens from harmful drugs and products, but come on. The real reason I am super upset about this particular product is that bodybuilding.com sent me a product sample for it, and I loved it. Then, I went online to find it and realized that Canada prevents me from buying it. Come on, Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford can get crack but I can’t get supplements? For real.

RIP Favorite Protein Shaker

You know you have a problem with fitness obsession when you legitimately mourn the loss of your favorite protein shaker bottle. One would think that all protein shaker bottles are created equal, but that could not be further from the truth. This is meant to be funny, but for real, I am sad.

So yesterday, I used my favorite protein bottle for my pre-workout shake, because it doesn’t pop like other lesser bottles. I took it with me to the gym, filled it with xtend water and used it all workout, finished up and made a protein shake in it, as seen in the lovely post-workout, pre-hot tub image below.

In typical post-workout fashion, I brought my seriously scuffed up, favorite protein shaker from Power Gym to the hot tub, where I slowly drink my protein shake in peace. After finishing said shake, I put the empty bottle on a chair, took a shower, got changed and went home. This morning, I woke up and went to prepare my favorite bottle with my protein powder for lunch when a horrible realization occurred: I LEFT MY FAVORITE, UGLY, MESSED UP, OVER USED PROTEIN BOTTLE ON THAT CHAIR BY THE HOT TUB IN THE GYM. EFFFFFFFFF. EF. EF.

Naturally, I am going to get a new one ASAP. This bottle is unlike any other bottle. It has a super awesome piece that mixes your protein seamlessly into the water. Better yet, if you cut up lemons and place them in the water, it mixes them in too! Love it. It never breaks, never leaks, never fails, my fabulous Walmart bottle. I got it in Regina, Saskatchewan when I was doing my Masters, the first protein shaker I ever bought, before I realized protein should not be mixed with a spoon.

So RIP favorite protein shaker bottle. Perhaps I will find you tomorrow, then I will have two 🙂

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